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06.05.2018

Rev3 Quassy Triathlon – 2018

Team RTA triathlon club continued their 2018 season with a Team Race at Rev3 Quassy in Connecticut, which is a short drive from Bergen County, NJ. 

2018 marked the 10th running of the Rev3 Quassy Triathlon located in Middlebury, CT. Rev3 Quassy attracts nearly 2,000 triathletes annually from all over the country. The event offers an olympic and half distance race along with an aquabike and relay.

Rev3, the race organization, does an incredible job of putting on a world class event with the athletes as the #1 priority. It’s no wonder the race has been going on for 10 years.

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05.21.2018

JerseyMan Triathlon – 2018

Each year, Team RTA triathlon club looks forward to the JerseyMan Triathlon.

If you’re looking for an outstanding local triathlon, look no further then the JerseyMan tri. This early season race, which is held every May, offers a sprint and (extended) olympic distance race along with a duathlon and aqua bike race. It’s located in Lebanon, NJ at the Round Valley Reservoir. 

It’s a challenging, but manageable race for athletes of all abilities. The venue is great for spectators as everything is set up for prime spectating – swim, bike, run, transitions and finish line.

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05.02.2018

St. Anthony’s Triathlon – 2018

Team RTA triathlon club kicked off their 2018 season with a Team Race in Florida and it did NOT disappoint.

2018 marked the 35th running of the St. Anthony’s Triathlon located in St. Petersburg, FL. This is an iconic race and there are reasons (many of them) why this race has been around forever.

The race is professionally organized and very well run. It has that “big deal” feel, but with all the perks and fun of a grass roots race. The race also attracts some great competition.

For the second year in a row, Team RTA kicked off the triathlon season with a Team Race in Florida. We offered bike transport to make travel logistics a breeze. Additionally, everyone agreed the sprint and olympic distance options were perfect for early season AND allowed us all to relax a little bit more pre race. St. A’s is just enough to test your fitness, brush the dust off and catapult you into the season ahead.

 

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01.11.2018

Women in Triathlon

Proportionally speaking, the number of women in triathlon is low. This is disappointing, because given the right tools, women regularly excel in the sport. With a little inspiration, a good dose of determination and proper guidance, sky’s the limit when it comes to women in triathlon.

 

Why Not Me?!?!

In July of 2016 we coached Simon, Joe and Brian to their first IRONMAN finish line in Lake Placid.

Needless to say, it was an EPIC feat and an incredible accomplishment.

Not only was it a life changing experience for these three men, who all met as members of Team RTA, but it was a game changer for their wives.

Following IRONMAN, each of their wives separately asked themselves, “why not me?” None of them were runners. They hadn’t ever been on road bikes. And none of them had experience swimming laps. Additionally, they were all busy, working mom with not a lot of free time.

However, this didn’t stop them. Instead of saying “some day,” they made the decision to get to work immediately.

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06.12.2017

NEW Team RTA Exclusive Benefit

 

Team RTA is a valued member of the IRONMAN community. As such, we are super excited to announce the new benefits for all current Team RTA club members:

  • Early Entry for all IRONMAN & IRONMAN 70.3 events
  • Priority Tiered Pricing
  • Deferral Program
  • Payment Plan Option

 

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05.09.2017

TEAM RACE: St. Anthony’s Triathlon

Guest Post by RTA Club member, Larry C

 

Last week RTA had their first Team Race of the year in St. Petersburg, FL. About 12 club members made the trip to Florida to race the iconic St. Anthony’s Triathlon and kick off the 2017 season.

Because I always enjoy reading race reports from others, I decided to write my own.

This report is a summary from my own eyes. 

I tried to keep it short.

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02.27.2017
KYAH Triathlon Training Camps: Lake Placid, NY

 

We just opened registration for our popular training camps in beautiful Lake Placid, NY. Secure your spot today and take advantage of our BEST PRICING available for our Memorial Day camp UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH.

RTA has hosted 14 training camps in Lake Placid over the years. We have become experts of the course and greater Lake Placid area. 

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02.27.2017

This year RTA Triathlon will be presenting 4 information packed lectures to help you become a better triathlete. The lectures will take place at various area locations and each are open to the public.

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07.23.2016

To The Soon To Be, IRONMAN

A letter to the triathlete about to step up to the IRONMAN starting line.

To the Soon To Be,

Months ago, you made a decision; you signed a piece of paper, and decided to commit yourself, to what I believe is the most grueling endurance race on the planet. You made the decision to challenge your body, and your mind, and see just what you are capable of. But that was then, and this is now.

There has been 1000’s of miles logged since that fateful day. Early mornings in the pool, late nights on the bike trainer, and runs during the hottest part of the day, and those are just the basic elements. There were the lifts, the yoga sessions, the doctors appointments, but even more important, there were the birthday parties, the weddings, the days and hours of work, and the events that could not be missed. It’s been a journey, and not an easy one.

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05.09.2016

In recent weeks, several RTA athletes performed their regular FTP (functional threshold power)  Bike Test and absolutely crushed it! Results below.

Why Test?

At Ridgewood Tri Athlete, our professional triathlon coaches understand the importance of regular testing in all three disciplines. Every 4-6 weeks we schedule our athletes to perform basic tests in each discipline. These tests act as a measuring stick and are used as a bench mark to elicit continual improvement and eventually to help set realistic targets for race day. 

Not only do test results act as a form of extra motivation and encouragement for our athletes, but as coaches we use this data to prescribe specific workouts for the weeks to come. Each athlete has specific needs and react differently to different workouts.

Needless to say, it’s impossible for test results to ALWAYS come back favorable. However, when an athlete gets less then optimal results, it provides an additional opportunity for our coaches and athletes to roundtable and re-look at what they have and/or have not been doing. In most cases, we are able to make small changes to get their future test results on track and ultimately have them fully prepared on race day.

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01.07.2016

It’s All Perspective

by: RTA athlete, Liz Urtecho

 

Over the past 3 weeks I have had the opportunity to reflect on my Ironman finish, what it meant to me and how I will go forward in the sport.  I was finding myself getting caught up in the results, analyzing every split, and coming up with new and improved nutrition strategies.  I was planning for the next race, my training/racing plan for 2016 and the 2017 Ironman.  I was looking forward to my next BOOM!  

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09.04.2015

 

UPDATE

Over the past few weeks, Team RTA has been very busy training and racing.  Our coached athletes and club members alike, have continued to kick butt and add to their list of multisport accomplishments… while having loads of fun along the way.

 

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There have been countless first time finishers at various distances, TONS of new PR’s and several podium performances.

 

As professional triathlon coaches one of the most satisfying aspects of our job is helping our athletes and Team RTA club members achieve their goals and realize their dreams.

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09.04.2015

 

The TOUGHMAN Half distance triathlon which takes place at Croton Point Park located in the town of Croton-On-Hudson in NY is a perennial favorite among triathletes in the tri-state area and beyond.  Athletes from New York City, Fairfield, West Chester and Bergen County flock to this race every year.

 

If the race is NOT closed out already register ASAP! If it is sold out and you REALLY want to get in (and you should), shoot us a quick email and if we can’t get you in we can get you on the wait list!

 

The event is always well organized and well run. The volunteers are amazing and the course is scenic and challenging. Did I mention the bike course is completely closed to traffic?!?! For all of these reasons, Team RTA has slated TOUGHMAN New York as a Team Race for the last several years.

 

Because it’s a challenging course, it can be helpful to know what to expect on race day.

 
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06.19.2015

SAVE ON TRIATHLON / RUN COACHING SERVICES:

 

If ROI (return on investment) is important to you, then hiring a coach is the way to go.

 

We understand coaching can be expensive, but we also realize our happy athletes are our BEST marketing agents. In our business, referrals and word of mouth are EVERYTHING and we have put together a program to REWARD those who speak up and spread the word.

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04.09.2015

 

KYAH Recap

by: Kim Kendra, camper (front & center above)

 

KYAH Florida Training Camp Recap: This was my first triathlon camp. I really had no idea what to expect or what I was in for. As per the Ridgewood Triathlete website KYAH (pronounced KAI-Ya!) stands for Kick Your A$$ Hard! It’s heavy volume multi-day training in swimming, biking and running where campers come away with increased confidence in training and racing potential. Sounds good, right?!   

 

I’ll keep it simple-ish and break things down into accommodations and travel, training/workouts/lectures, fun factor and overall KYAH Triathlon Training Camp experience.  I’ll rate each part 1 to 5 with 5 being the best experience. 

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